Best Phones Under 200 (USD) – Top 10 List

Best Phones Under $200 Dollars – Top 10 List


With the best phones under $200, there are significant improvements in camera resolution, battery capacity, and processing speed compared to the best phones under $150.

Although I have examined over 200 phones released in the past three years from the best brands, the list I have come up with has phones that were mostly released in the past year.

So below are the Top 10 best phones under $200.


UPDATED: August 5, 2016


#1 – ASUS Zenfone Max ZC550KL (2016) (32 GB) (NEW!)

ASUS Zenfone MaxRelease Date: May 2016
Display: 5.5 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
Camera: 13MP
Hardware: Snapdragon 615, Quad-core 1.5 GHz + quad-core 1.0 GHz, 3 GB RAM
Battery: 5000 mAh
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ASUS Zenfone Max ZC550KL (2016) has an upgraded chipset that comes with a faster CPU and graphics processor for smoother running of apps and games. It now has a 32 GB internal storage and the latest Android OS.

The battery life is still very outstanding and is one of the rare smartphones with the longest battery around. It has an excellent camera resolution, beautiful design, and contains the latest decent features that you will need.


#2 – Lenovo Vibe K5 (16 GB) (NEW!)

Lenovo-Vibe-K5Release Date: April 2016
Display: 5.0 inches (1280 x 720 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (1080p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 415, Quad-core 1.5 GHz + quad-core 1.2 GHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 2750 mAh

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The Lenovo Vibe K5 has an IPS display technology with 294 ppi pixel density. It runs on Android OS 5.1 (Lollipop).

It also has Dolby Atmos audio, can use up to 32GB through a microSD card, and can record Full HD videos. Other cool features are the 5MP front camera, LTE capability, Wi-Fi connectivity, FM radio, removable battery. It also comes in silver and gold variants.


#3 – LG Stylo 2 (NEW!)

LG Stylo 2Release Date: April 2016
Display: 5.7 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
Camera: 13MP
Hardware: Snapdragon 410, Quad-core 1.2 GHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3000 mAh

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The LG Stylo 2 is an excellent smartphone for a US$200 budget. It has a built-in stylus which is a feature normally found in more expensive smartphones. It has several improvements compared to last year’s LG G Stylo like an improved camera, much larger storage space, higher RAM, and thinner and lighter profile.

It has a very good of processing power, RAM, camera resolution, and storage capacity. It is certainly worth every penny.


#4 – LG K10 (NEW!)

LG K10Release Date: January 2016
Display: 5.3 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (1080p) (LTE model) | 8MP (3G model)
Hardware: Snapdragon 410, Quad-core 1.2 GHz, 1.0GB to 1.5GB RAM (depends on model)
Battery: 2300 mAh (removable)

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The most impressive aspect of the LG K10 is the design. It has a smooth arc and stylish pebble design at the back.

The edges have no bumps since the volume and power button are at the back of the phone. Combined with the arc design, this phone is also very comfortable to hold.

The LG K10 features an IPS LCD display technology with 277 ppi pixel density, which may not be the best display quality around.

The internal storage is 8GB which can be expanded up to 32GB through a microSD card. It can also record Full HD videos and the battery life can last up to 16 hours of talk time.

Other cool features are LTE capability, 5MP front camera, Android OS 6.0 (Marshmallow), Wi-Fi, Hotspot, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and FM Radio. It also comes in black, indigo, and white color variants.


#5 – HTC Desire Eye (16 GB)

Best Phones Under 200 (USD) - Top 10 ListRelease Date: November 2014
Display: 5.2 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (1080p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 801, Quad-core 2300 MHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 2400 mAh
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The best thing about this phone is its high resolution and its waterproof and dustproof features. It is IP certified so it’s perfect for taking underwater pictures.

It also has a very high pixel density of 424 ppi.  This makes the screen display very beautiful. The graphics are sharper which is perfect for high-resolution games. Combined with its 5.2 inches display, you will notice that even during web browsing, the pictures look a lot better and the texts are easier to read.

I really like phones with better displays. Who doesn’t want that? Phones today are not just for calling and sending SMS. You look at it or use it many times in a day than any other things you own. So a beautiful and sharper display is one of the features that really matters.

Another thing that I like about this phone is the processing speed and high RAM. So even if you play games with very high graphics, it won’t be a problem. You can also expand its memory with a 128GB microSD card.


#6 – Huawei Honor 6 (16 GB) – (NEW!) – From $250 Category

Huawei Honor 6Release Date: August 2014
Display: 5.0 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 13MP
Hardware: HiSilicon Kirin 920, Octa-core 1700 MHz, 3GB RAM
Battery: 3000 mAh
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This phone has a very good processing speed. You can expand the storage up to 32GB through microsSD. It is LTE-enabled, with Wi-Fi connectivity, and GPS technology.


#7 – Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (16 GB) – (NEW!) – From $250 Category

Best Phones Under 250 (USD) - Top 10 ListDisplay: 4.3 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
Camera: 20.7MP (1080p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 800, Quad-core 2200 MHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 2300 mAh
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If you like normal size phones, this is like the Xperia Z1, but smaller. Like the larger version, the Z1 Compact is IP58 certified – dust proof and waterproof – with a super high 20.7MP camera resolution. So if you are swimming or snorkeling, you can really have a good grip on the phone compared to the larger version.

Like the larger version, it has the same processing speed, Full HD video recording, FM radio, 64GB microSD card slot.


#8 – Lenovo Vibe X2 (32 GB) – (NEW!) – From $250 Category

Best Phones Under 250 (USD) - Top 10 ListDisplay: 5.0 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (1080p)
Hardware: MT6595M, Octa-core 2000 MHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 2300 mAh
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This phone has a very high pixel density of 441 ppi. It has a very good display resolution and 13MP rear camera. I really like the design and form, you should see the pictures in the full technical specs page.

In terms of speed, it is faster that its successor. If 32GB internal memory is already enough to store your files, that is good, because it does not have a microSD card slot like the iPhones. Other cool features include a 5MP front camera and FM radio.


#9 – HTC One M8 (NEW!) – From $300 Category

HTC One M8Release Date: March 2014
Display: 5.0 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 4MP Duo (1080p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 801, Quad-core 2300 MHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 2600 mAh
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This phone can use a microSD up to 128GB which will allow you to save more videos and pictures. You can also select from Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold.

It has a very powerful chipset that is designed for premium smartphones so you will defintely experience a fast and smooth running of apps and games. It can also connect to LTE and Wi-Fi, record Full HD videos, and use GPS technology.


#10 – LG G4 Beat (8GB) – (NEW!) – From $250 Category

Best Phones Under 250 (USD) - Top 10 ListDisplay: 5.2 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (1080p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 615, Octa-core 1500 MHz, 1.5GB RAM
Battery: 2300 mAh
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The phone is also very fast to run heavy apps and games. The design is like the G4, but in a more compact form that gives a perfect grip.

Other awesome features include a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, Full HD video recording, and 32GB microSd card slot.


Which of the Top 10 smartphones did you like? I would like to hear from you. Just leave your comment in the comments section below. 😃


23 thoughts on “Best Phones Under $200 Dollars – Top 10 List

  1. Hi Chris,

    This is such a great idea. It will especially be helpful for expats (like myself) to have a list of already ‘sorted’ devices to choose from for relatives back home. It will save a lot of time. I think my best bet would be HTC. Love the fact that it’s waterproof. Definitely worth its price.

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Good for you Rock! HTC phones normally have some special feature in them from being waterproof, having the best selfie camera, a unique design or a high-resolution audio which are not even present in most expensive smartphones. And this is one of the several reasons why many people love this brand. 😀

  2. Hi there Chris and thanks for detailing all these ten phones for under two hundred dollars. As I’m in the UK, the price will probably be equivalent in Sterling.
    You don’t actually say which of these mobiles you actually prefer. This would be helpful to me as I’m now rather spoilt for choice.
    We have the problem here in the countryside of Wales, UK where the phone signal is not strong and it’s difficult to receive at certain times of the day. Is there any way to know if some phones have stronger receivers than others?
    The huawei phones are being heavily advertised here in the UK at the moment and they really appear to be very good value for money. Thanks for an informative review. Ches

    1. Hi Ches, I prefer the HTC Desire Eye because (as of the time of this comment) it has the best specs in the list.

      The latest mobile phones don’t have a significant difference in antenna performance. And this slight difference is usually due to the design and materials used for the phones. There are feedbacks from users that current smartphones with a metal unibody have slightly lower signal strength.

      This is because mobile signals cannot go through metal, so manufacturers integrate plastic in the metal design (e.g. plastic lines in the bottom and top rear for an iPhone). The body of the phones in this list is made of plastic so we can eliminate that factor for now when comparing the signal strength.

      Instead, you should consider other factors when dealing with signal strength.

      First, you may try all network modes in Settings (i.e. LTE/3G, 3G only) if you are using Android and check which has the best signal strength. If you are getting a new smartphone, you should also check the GSM/3G/LTE bands of the smartphone and check if it’s available in your location and with your chosen carrier.

      Second, you need to check the carriers and the closest available cell towers near you. You may use this link here

  3. Hey Chris, nice article and I’m not the low budget phone guy, but it was still cool what you can get with $200! If it were up to me I would get the LG Stylo 2 because it looks really stylish and has some great qualitites! But, the IPhone 7 is coming out next month and I think I will stick with Apple. But, Good Post!

  4. I must admit, I’m getting bored of my outdated Samsung Alpha, so I’m now on the hunt for a more up to date and brand new smartphone, so I can be in the cool club. LOL.

    There are some awesome recomemndations here, and quite cheap handsets too. 🙂

    Since I’ve always been a Sony fan too, I think the Xperia Z1 is defitinely the phone for me…. I really like the style and also the specifications of the device.


  5. Hey there! I really enjoyed your top 10 list of best phones under 200. I’m searching for a new phone that I can give for my brother for his brithday. I don’t want to spend too much because I only have $250 budget. Your list helps me a lot since I don’t have a lot of knowldge about it. And I don’t have the time to research each one of them. Thank you for sharing this information.

  6. Hello,

    I’m looking for a new phone for my wife and landed on your site. I just finished reading your article on Best Phones Under $200 Dollars – Top 10 List. I really like the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact phone. I think I’m going to buy that one for my wife and the price is right too!


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